A Moshi SnapTo slim wallet with superimposed illustrations of its anti-microbial coating

How does Moshi's NanoShield™ anti-microbial treatment work?

By Trent

With consumers becoming more conscious of how germs can accumulate and spread on surfaces, we put the challenge to our product development team to come up with a way to reduce the ability for germs, viruses, and bacteria to accumulate on some of our most commonly-used products. The result was our NanoShield™ antimicrobial treatment, which can be applied to products during the manufacturing process and works at the cellular level to physically prevent the spread of unwanted organisms. This is a relatively new innovation in the wellness space and many readers may not be familiar with what anti-microbial treatment does or how it works. Here are the most commonly asked questions about anti-microbial coatings and why we use them in our products.

What are the benefits?

When it comes to fabrics (like those used in the OmniGuard Mask), the key benefit of an anti-microbial treatment is the prevention of stain and odor-causing bacteria and mold. Left unchecked, these microbes can multiply rapidly and affect the smell, appearance, and durability of the fabric, resulting in a shorter useful life and the development of unpleasant odors. In particular, the moisture in your breath is absorbed by the mask fabric and can quickly result in the growth of mold which has the potential to damage the fabric, cause allergies, and affect the health of the wearer. Similarly, a wallet or bag can quickly accumulate microbes from coming into contact with contaminated surfaces in stores, offices, restaurants, or when touched by yourself or others. An application of NanoShield™ provides an additional layer or protection to prevent the buildup of harmful quantities of bacteria which could easily be transferred as you use the product. 

How is material the treated?

Treatment is not limited to fabrics. The antimicrobial treatment requires a special additional step during the manufacturing process. During this step, the material (Moshi uses fabrics or vegan leather) is immersed in the treatment solution to allow the bacteria-fighting ingredients to form molecular bonds to the material's fibers. The treated material is then dried to remove moisture and sent to the next stage in the production process.

How does the treatment work?

Our NanoShield™ treatment contains a positively-charged polymer which is attracted to a cell's negatively-charged membrane. This polymer then essentially breaks down the cell's membrane through electrocution, inhibiting the cell's ability to reproduce. As some bacteria can double in as little as four minutes, neutralizing their reproductive abilities can prevent the rapid build-up and spread of potentially harmful strains. It is important to note that this treatment is non-toxic to humans and will not cause damage to human cells upon contact.

A illustration showing how NanoShield disables microbes upon contact

A treated product such as the OmniGuard Mask™ disrupts microbes at the cellular level to stop them reproducing

"this treatment is non-toxic to humans and will not cause damage to human cells upon contact."

NanoShield™ is already included in a number of Moshi products including the OmniGuard Mask, Altra and Overture cases, SnapTo™ Crossbody Wallet, and SnapTo™ Slim Wallet. We'll be adding this great feature to a number of new products in the future in order to help our customers better protect themselves from these invisible, yet harmful threats. 

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